Mustangs shut down Cardinals, 21-0

Published 11:34 pm Friday, September 28, 2018

WEST ORANGE — Picking up their 399th win in school history and their 113th shutout, the West Orange-Stark Mustangs shut down the Bridge City Cardinals 21-0 in non-district action at Hooks Stadium Friday night.

The Mustangs (2-3) scored all 21 of their points in the first half to turn back the Cardinals (1-4).

The Cardinals simply had nowhere to run Friday night as the Chain Gang Defense limited Bridge City to just 39 total yards, all on the ground coming on 31 carries.

The Mustangs picked up 314 total yards, rushing for 237 and passing for 77 more.

Senior tailback Justin Sibley zipped through the Cardinal defense for 160 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries. Mustang quarterback Tyrone Wilson completed 8-of-17 passes for 77 yards and a score to receiver Brettlin Wiley. Jay’zyn Robinson led WO-S with four catches for 40 yards.

Bruising fullback Andy Lara led the Cardinals with 38 yards on 11 carries while Garrett Villanueva had 16 yards on nine totes. The Cardinals only passed twice, both went incomplete.

It was one of the Cardinals’ better nights defensively as they were allowing 378.8 yards a game coming in. They also pounced on two Mustang fumbles and had a big fourth-down stand inside their 3 late in the fourth quarter.

The Mustangs went into halftime in total control with a 21-0 advantage as they limited the Cardinals to just six total yards and one first down on 21 plays in the first 24 minutes.

Sibley rushed for two scores in the half in rushing for 95 yards on 10 carries while quarterback Wilson had a 20-yard touchdown pass to receiver Wiley.

The Mustangs had 167 total yards in the half, 142 of it via the ground game.

The Mustangs wasted no time getting on the board on their first series, navigating 54 yards in just four plays behind the legs of Sibley. Sibley carries three times for all 54 yards, including a 41-yard touchdown jaunt off right tackle. Angel Ibarra booted the extra-point through to put WO-S up 7-0 with 8:47 left in the first quarter.

The Mustangs had a 52-yard, nine-play scoring drive, all of the yards coming via the ground game again as Sibley took the honors again, scoring on a seven-yard scamper off right tackle to make it 14-0 with 11:23 remaining in the half.

Wilson had a big 14-yard keeper on the march while Ja’marcus Ross had two carries for 16 yards.

The Mustangs got all the way to the Cardinal 5 but with 7:30 in the half, Wilson received a bad snap and Cardinal Dorian Pruitt fell on the fumble at the Cardinal 17.

Using a short field, the Mustangs put together a six-play, 43-yard scoring march late in the half.

Wilson had a big 15-yard quarterback keeper to the Cardinal 25 and three plays later he found Wiley on a 20-yard touchdown pass as Wiley broke through a Cardinal tackle to dart into the end zone to make it 21-0 with 1:44 in the half.

Lara led the Cardinals ground game in the half with 13 yards on seven totes. Cardinals quarterback Cace Skinner attempted just one pass in the half that fell incomplete. Wilson was 2-for-6 passing for the Mustangs for 25 yards, all to Wiley.

Neither team scored in the third quarter as the Mustangs gained 75 yards in the period while the Cardinals had 28.

The Mustangs moved from their own 11 all the way to the Cardinal 2 on a grueling 17-play drive that ate up over eight minutes but were stopped when the Cardinals stuffed Wilson on fourth-and-goal from the 4 with 7:32 remaining in the game. Wilson completed five passes for 47 yards on the drive that came away empty-handed.

The Mustangs will have one more non-district tilt as they will head to Jasper next week to face the Bulldogs before opening District 10-4A Division II action at home Oct. 12 against Silsbee. Meanwhile, the Cardinals will have their bye next week before taking on Orange County rival Little Cypress-Mauriceville at home Oct. 12 to open up District 11-4A Division I play.